Alumni News 03-2018

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Success in Excellence Strategy
Ulm University wins Cluster in battery research

Ulm University succeeds in the Excellence Strategy and wins a Cluster of Excellence in the area of battery research. From January 2019 on, the research project 'Energy storage beyond lithium – new storage concepts for a sustainable future' will receive funding of up to ten million euros for an initial seven years. In a highly selective procedure, an 'Excellence Commission' consisting of high-ranking international experts as well as state and federal science ministers selected 57 clusters. 

Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University

Tramline 2 to the university is completed

The new tramline 2 commences operation with an impressive programme of events on Saturday, 8 December. Several institutes in the Science City will be participating in the festivities by opening up their doors to visitors between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. Highlights include lectures and lab tours on the topic of energy for mobility of the future. To start off the day, honorary guests will officially open the new, roughly 9-kilometre long tramline running between the school centre on Kuhberg and the Science City on Eselsberg.


Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University

Alumni News

Alumnus Prof. dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel became the new CEO of the plastics specialist Röchling in October 2017.

The former student of Ulm University and former Aesculap CEO joined the Röchling Executive Board on October 1, 2017, and has since been responsible for the Medical Division as Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board. Knaebel succeeded Ludger Bartels, who retired at the turn of the year 2017/2018..
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Photo: Röchling-Group

WiMa Conference

Job interviews, lectures, a graduate lounge and Homecoming Day: the WiMa Conference on Saturday, 17 November (10:00am - 4:00pm) offers a wide range of activities for students and graduates of Ulm University. Around 44 companies from a variety of industries will be present in the University Forum, looking to make acquaintance with young, talented researchers from the fields of mathematics, economics and computer science.

Photo: Andreas Brücken

Focus Research

Quantum research for outer space
New DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies in Space Applications in Ulm

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is setting up an institute in Ulm on the subject of quantum technologies in space applications (DLR-QT). The aim of DLR-QT is to develop next-generation precision instruments that can be used for navigation, communication as well as Earth observation and weather observation in space. In close cooperation with industry, DLR-QT will build a bridge between basic research and application. The institute has an annual budget of around €11 million at its disposal for this purpose, 90 percent of which is funded by the federal government and 10 percent by the state government of Baden-Württemberg.

source: ESA

Milestone in preservation of historical monuments
Chemical shield protects buildings from acid rain and bacteria

The Ulm Minster, the Colosseum in Rome and the pyramids of Giza share mutual "enemies": acid rain and biofilms destroy their facades. Local Professor of Chemistry Carsten Streb and his team of researchers have now developed a "protective shield" that makes stones impervious to adverse environmental influences. The water-repellent and acid-resistant liquid (POM-IL) can be applied to natural stones as a transparent protective film. The research team presented the new surface coating, which could very well mark a milestone in the fields of construction and historical monument preservation, in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.

Photo: Rosa Grass

Partnership for electric flight
Stuttgart Airport promotes the airplane of the future

The dream of quiet, emission-free flight is likely to become a reality in the near future. Stuttgart Airport GmbH (FSG) is providing a quarter of a million euros to promote "Electric Flight", a joint research project that Ulm University is running in cooperation with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). A symbolic check was presented on Monday, 5 November, by FSG Spokesperson Walter Schoefer, along with Baden-Württemberg Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Stuttgart Airport Supervisory Board Winfried Hermann. Prof Josef Kallo, head of Electric Drive Development at Ulm University, was present to receive the check.

Photo: Stuttgart Airport

Studies and Teaching

Ulm University and Ulm University of Applied Sciences start centre for continuing professional education

A new, joint institute at Ulm University and Ulm University of Applied Sciences is rising to meet the challenge of a constantly changing professional world. The new centre offers continuing education for working professionals. Today, Ulm University President Professor Michael Weber and University of Applied Sciences Rector Professor Volker Reuter signed a cooperation agreement. The newly founded institute combines continuing education programmes from both universities in the fields of engineering, economics and life science under one roof. Students can choose from a wide range of qualifications, all the way from bridging courses up to full-fledged master’s degree programmes.

Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University